Educational film produced by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad telling the "story of a new South whose roots are embedded deep in the honored tradition of the old." The film shows the economy of the Southeast, including white and African American workers, cities, and daily life, all in the context of railroad business and operations. Produced and directed by Carl Dudley with a script by Herman Boxer.The film incorporates some racist imagery common (unfortunately) to films of this... Topics: railroad, train, South, Seaboard, railway, train, locomotive, racist imagery
byBurlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads
The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco. The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America" on... Topics: railroad, train, California, locomotive, transportation
Made in the early 1950s, "Within The Oval" presents the New York Central Railroad at the height of its operational power. Trains pulled by first generation diesels and electrics, as well as Hudson, Mohawk, and Niagara type steam locomotives, including the famous passenger trains the "20th Century Limited", "Commodore Vanderbilt" and "Pacemaker". Also featured are day-to-day operations with Pacemaker freights. Freight train operations are also shown, along... Topics: Steam Locomotive, New York Central Railroad, train, New York City, Rail transport
Mohawk, and Niagara type steam locomotives, including the famous passenger trains the "20th Century Limited", "Commodore Vanderbilt" and "Pacemaker". Also featured are day-to-day operations with Pacemaker freights. Freight train operations are also shown, along with many behind the scenes glimpses of railroad activities that help show what was required to keep the NYC operating day and night. The film clearly demonstrates the railroad's involvement in the... Topics: New York City, train, Rail transport, Steam Locomotive, New York Central Railroad
One of filmmaker Carl Dudley’s fine films "On the Track" is a portrait of America's railroads in the post-World War II era. The film is basically a salute to America, its railroads, and the multitude of trains that criss-cross the nation. Much like Dudley's "Life Line of the Nation", adoration for American railroads abounds with scene after scene of various trains rolling down the tracks. The railroads are depicted as the “symbol of American progress and prosperity for a... Topics: Railroad, train, transportation, America, vintage film
This Association of American Railroads film carries the typical industry message that trains were integral to the American economy and way of life, which were the best in the world. There is much narration detailing the forward-thinking mentality of the railroads, including facts about the modernization of passenger trains. There is also a short discussion of the history of train travel, some information on the kinds of goods freight trains carry, and more. The interesting part of this film is... Topics: railroad, train, locomotive, passenger train, steam engine
This silent 1951 Castle Films short shows a boy playing with a model railroad and his dreams of operating a fast locomotive on the Pennsylvania main line. There are wonderful scenes of real trains, and about three and one half minutes show toy trains. Much of this footage was shot in the actual Lionel Showroom with salesman Myles Walsh demonstrating the layout to a young boy. The film ends with the boy dreaming that he is a locomotive engineer -- so charming and wonderful didn't we all?This... Topics: Lionel Trains, Short Film, American Flyer, Pennsylvania Railroad
One of filmmaker Carl Dudley’s earliest creations, Life Line of the Nation is a portrait of America's railroads during World War II. Here logistics are revealed to be one of the keys to victory. The film begins prior to the war, as meeting is held with members of the military and railroad officials. They are planning their strategy “should war come.” Shortly thereafter, an NBC broadcaster announces the attack on Pearl Harbor. A bit later, there is a teletype with the date 2/9/44 and a... Topics: railroad, WWII, train, transportation, steam engine, locomotive, military, logistics
Created in the 1950s by the Monon Railroad and featuring the Purdue Glee Club and hosted by a "Hoosier", this vintage film shows the Monon Railroad at the height of its operations. The Monon Railroad, also known as the Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville Railway operated from 1897–1956, was an American railroad that operated almost entirely within the state of Indiana. The Monon was merged into the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1971, and much of the former Monon right of... Topics: Train, Chicago, French Lick, Railroad, Michigan City, Purdue Glee Club, RCA Dome, Monon Railroad,...
This newsreel is part of the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, a WWII newsreel program produced from June 1943 until early 1946 by the Army Signal Corps under the supervision of director Frank Capra. It includes several segments. First, "Iron War Horse" which shows the operational training of troops at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana to maintain railroads at the battle front. "Seized from the Japs" shows rare captured Japanese military newsreel films, including an amphibious assault.... Topics: Steam Locomotive, Steam, World War II, Military Railroad, Newsreel, WW2, Camp Claiborne, Royal...
This interesting news short discusses the role of American railroads in the Space Age. Railroads are seen moving components of the Atlas missile, the containment vessel for the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station, and other atomic industry items. Modern railroad technologies are seen including modern humping yards, ribbon rails, new locomotives, flaw detection cars. A research lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology is shown devoted to railroad improvements. This film is part of the... Topic: NASA, Atlas Missile, USS Sargo, Railroad Engineer, Rail Transport, Illinois Institute Of...